Published on October 31st, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Dodge Unveils Nationwide Series COT
Dodge Motorsports unveiled its Dodge Challenger, which will compete in the Nationwide Series in 2010. The car will appear in the four car-of-tomorrow races next season.
The automaker also announced that it will field cars for Penske Championship Racing’s two full-time Nationwide Series teams and three full-time Sprint Cup teams. With the Challenger being used for the COT races, the Charger will be used for the non-COT races.
Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Dodge Car Brand, said:
As the performance brand of our new company, we are excited to expand our relationship with Penske Racing and introduce the iconic Dodge Challenger as our entry into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. … Motorsports are a significant part of the Dodge brand’s legacy. Penske Racing has such a rich tradition in motorsports, and our partnership in the Nationwide Series will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the Challenger and offer our loyal Dodge enthusiasts plenty of excitement in this very competitive series next year.
Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge, while Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge in the Nationwide Series. Keselowski will also drive the No. 12 Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series, along with teammates Sam Hornish Jr and Kurt Busch.
Tim Cindric, president of Penske Championship Racing, said:
[This] announcement further reinforces our relationship and commitment to Dodge Motorsports, and we are excited about our future with this great brand. … We believe Dodge’s relationship with Penske Racing will continue to elevate and highlight both our brands and deliver value to Dodge enthusiasts.
Ford recently unveiled its Ford Mustang that will compete in the four car-of-tomorrow races next season.